Brazil’s Neymar in trouble over intimate pics of woman accusing him of rape

first_imgThe player paid for her plane ticket from Brazil and put her up in a Paris hotel.Things changed dramatically at their first encounter, Trindade said. “He was aggressive, totally different than the boy that I got to know on the messages.“Since I really wanted to be with him I said, OK, I’m going to try to handle this,” she said.After some kissing and caressing “he started to hit me … then he began to hurt me a lot, and I asked him to stop because it hurt.”According to Trindade, Neymar apologized, but then continued to hurt her while they had intercourse.A video circulating on social media showed Trindade hitting Neymar in a hotel room and accusing him of assaulting her the day before.In a sign of how significant a figure Neymar remains in Brazilian life, President Jair Bolsonaro offered his public backing for the player ahead of the match with Qatar, and later visited him at the hospital.“I wish you a good and fast recovery,” Bolsonaro said on Instagram beneath a photo of him and Neymar.Neymar posted a photo of his swollen ankle on Instagram with a message: “After the storm comes the calm.”Sponsors however are not calm. Mastercard canceled a Neymar-themed ad campaign that was to be broadcast during the Copa America, Spanish media reported, while Nike expressed its “deep concern” on Monday.Neymar’s injury also leaves a question mark over the future career of a player who cost Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain a world-record fee of 222 million euros ($248 million) when he moved from Barcelona in 2017.Ankle problems ruled him out of the second half of the just-completed Ligue 1 season in France. When Neymar did finally return to the team, he played as PSG suffered a shock defeat to Rennes in the French Cup final — and afterward lashed out at a supporter in the stands.Share on: WhatsApp Neymar thanked his fans after he gave a statement at a Rio de Janeiro police station in a case involving a woman who says he raped her.Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP |  Brazil’s Neymar went to a Rio de Janeiro police station Thursday to give a statement in a probe into whether he broke the law by posting intimate pictures of a woman who accused him of rape.The football megastar — full name Neymar da Silva Santos Junior — went to the station in an attempt to defend himself, sitting in a wheelchair after spraining his ankle the night before in a pre-Copa America friendly that has ruled him out of the tournament.As he made his way out through a media scrum after giving his statement to police, the star striker expressed gratitude to his fans for their support.“I felt very loved,” he said.The injury to the world’s most expensive player is a huge blow to host nation Brazil’s preparations for the South American continental championship, which begins on June 14.Neymar hobbled off the field in the 20th minute of Brazil’s 2-0 win over Qatar in Brasilia on Wednesday. A large ice pack had been strapped to his lower right leg.Neymar’s club, Paris Saint-Germain, tweeted Thursday that the player “suffered a severe sprain of the outer lateral ligament of his right ankle,” and will be “reassessed by the club’s medical department within the next 72 hours.”The injury caps a troubled season on and off the field for Neymar, who faces accusations that he raped the woman, Najila Trindade Mendes de Souza, in a Paris hotel in May.Neymar denies the claims and in an attempt to defend himself, published intimate WhatsApp messages and images of his encounter with Trindade on social media — without her consent, possibly breaking Brazilian law.Such an offense carries a maximum five-year jail term.– ‘Difficult moment’ –Just before the late Wednesday game the SBT TV network aired an interview with Trindade in which she described suffering “aggression together with rape” at the hands of the player.Trindade, who says she works as a model, acknowledged she initially liked Neymar and wanted to have sex with him.last_img read more

The Opinionated Spectator… College football madness

first_imgAlexis Sara CobbHave you been keeping up with college football? I’m not talking about just following the local college football teams. Watching Pitt lose and West Virginia win is not representative of college football this season.  I’m talking about giving up your entire Saturday and resting in the phenomenon that is college football.  It’s sensational this season. I mean put on multiple televisions, ipads, and computers exhilarating.Last weekend was like watching the equivalent of March Madness in October. All the underdogs came to play and most of them won.On Thursday, October 2, 2014 Arizona set the tone for the weekend. They were unranked at 4-0 and they played number 2 ranked, Oregon and Arizona won. It was an absolute stunner!  Many of us assumed that their game was an aberration. Then on Friday, an unranked Utah State handily beat number 18 ranked BYU on Friday. And we thought, maybe this is going to be a weekend to remember.I’m convinced that college football players all over the country watched these teams win and their celebration afterwards. They longed for a reason to celebrate. Coaches found a way to weave lesser ranked teams winning into pregame speeches on Saturday and the weekend became – welcome to upset central.There were so many unexpected outcomes that took place this last weekend that I can’t even discuss them all. Oregon, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas A & M, UCLA, USC, and BYU all lost to lower ranked or unranked opponents. Unprecedented. Of the top five teams ranked, only Florida State and Auburn remained unscathed. Every other team faltered. In fact, five of the top eight ranked teams lost.There were so many upsets on Saturday that I don’t even know whether we can even call them upsets anymore.  Seriously, by the end of the evening, we were expecting the lower ranked team to win. The one thing that kept going through my mind as I was binge watching on every game imaginable was PARITY. Especially, in the SEC. It looked like each team was fully capable of winning against their opponent.In previous years, when a  top ranked team lost a game it automatically put them out of contention for playing in the BCS championship game. The BCS computers would eliminate these teams unless it respected the strength of their schedule. However, with the playoffs, many of the top ranked teams that lost this past weekend still have a legitimate chance to win their conference and still make the playoffs.  At this rate, I don’t know if there will be more than two undefeated teams by the end of the season.After week six, half the season has passed and we can say with assurance that we have no idea what’s going to happen by the end of the season. But I am comfortable with predicting next week. I will state even though last weekend was filled with upsets, don’t be surprised if the majority of teams that lost last week  win this week. They are not going to win in close games either. There are going to be bludgeonings on the upcoming weekend’s games. I mourn for Arkansas. They play Alabama next week and it is not going to be pretty. That much I do know.Lesser ranked teams or unranked teams, don’t get comfortable because when an undefeated team loses and still might have a chance to get to the playoffs, that’s a dangerous team. Top ranked teams are coming back with a vengeance. They are hungry for redemption and you are their next meal.(Two Sources for this story was ESPN.com and College Sports Network)Alexis Sara Cobb may be reached at:  alexiscobb@ascexec.com or (724) 561-8082  Follow her on Twitter: @alexissaralast_img read more

Swantown Boatworks Receives Certified Leadership Clean Boatyard Award

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Clean Boating Foundation recognizes outstanding commitment to environmental responsibility The Clean Boating Foundation has awarded its Certified Leadership Clean Boatyard award to Swantown Boatworks, which is owned and operated by the Port of Olympia. Earlier this year, the boatyard was among the first to receive the Certified Clean Boatyard honor.According to Peter Schrappen, foundation executive director, the Leadership certification recognizes the Port facility’s “. . . outstanding commitment to environmental responsibility and its achievements in restoring the health of Puget Sound.”Leadership Clean Boatyard certifies environmental responsibility at an even higher level than the Clean award, according to Bruce Marshall, Port Harbor Director. Swantown was one of three recipients of the first Leadership awards; the other two are located in Seattle.The Clean Boating Foundation is working towards cleaner waters in Washington state. Partnering with boatyards, the state Dept. of Ecology, environmental groups and scientific experts, the foundation is a market-driven effort to go above and beyond the minimum environmental requirements laid out in the Washington Boatyard Permit.The main goal is to develop a checklist of criteria towards which boatyards can strive to become Leadership Clean and Clean. The foundation will advertise the list of certified boatyards to the boating public, giving them a choice of where to spend their money when it comes time for boat repairs and maintenance.Washington state sees almost 300,000 recreational boats on its waters each year, providing $4 billion in overall revenue and 28,000 marine-related jobs. The foundation believes that increasing the industry’s environmental standards beyond what is required will add to the allure of recreational boating in this environmentally-conscious region.last_img read more

LeBron James focused on task at hand, not free agency

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours A Lakers season-ticket holder posted billboards in Los Angeles this week encouraging such a move, their #LABron theme mimicking similar billboards recently posted in Cleveland by a Pennsylvania business that would like to see James link up with the 76ers.“I understand that I’m a free agent at the end of the summer, so I understand the frenzy that comes with it,” James said, noting that the Lakers’ salary cap space further fuelled speculation that they could lure him.James is producing one of the best seasons of his career, averaging 27 points, 9 assists and 8.4 rebounds per game, but Cleveland are just third in the Eastern Conference behind Toronto and Boston, who have both clinched their playoff berths.The Lakers, the second-most titled franchise in the history of the NBA, are still finding their way in the post-Kobe Bryant era, and need a star to anchor their young talents.“Listen, I’m 15 years into my career, and fans and cities want me to play for their team or have dreams,” James said. “It’s flattering more than anything, that a fan of a team or somewhere would want me to play for their city, so it’s very flattering.”ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)Cleveland superstar LeBron James said Friday he’s focused on the Cavaliers’ bid for an NBA finals return, and isn’t thinking about a possible move as a free agent after this season.“I’ve still got too much work to do here,” James told reporters in Los Angeles when asked if his possible free agency could be a distraction. “One thing about me and my career … I handle my business accordingly, and when that time comes, I’ll take care of that.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sharapova splits with Dutch tennis coach “But right now, my job right now is to get these guys prepared for the Clippers tonight and then how we can continue to get better going down the stretch.”James made his remarks on the University of California at Los Angeles, where he plays pickup basketball when he’s in town during the off-season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkOn Thursday, The Ringer published a story listing Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Houston and Cleveland as the four cities that James will entertain this summer.The 33-year-old’s ties to Los Angeles have sparked speculation that he would consider a move to the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent, forsaking Cleveland again as he did in moving to the Miami Heat for four seasons before returning. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

LMA Wants Gov’t Address Exchange Rate Problem

first_imgThe Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) is calling on the government of Liberia and others financial institutions in the country to help address the pertinent issue of the US rate in Liberia.Speaking to the national secretary general of the LMA, Pastor F. Clayplah Nagbe, said the rate was causing serious problems for marketers in the country, especially concerning the buying of goods in large quantities from dealers.According to Mr. Nagbe, the LMA has made it their intent to constructively engage the national government to make all efforts to drop the rate.He explained that paying of taxes in Liberian dollars as proposed by the Ministry of Finance was a great idea, but focusing on the stabilization of the rate would help the economy and the market at large.“The prices of goods on the Liberian market continue to increase just because of the high rate. The rate can drop when the government calls on the central bank of Liberia and other financial institutions in the country and says they should drop the rate,” Mr. Nagbe opined.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ellen Launches CAP Today

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will today, May 26, launch the Common Africa Position (CAP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.  CAP is an ambitious agenda for sustaining development in Africa, and promises that no one will live in extreme poverty by 2030.CAP, which was adopted by a High Level Committee (HLC),  addresses critical issues of inequality, accountability, quality of services and promoting a sustainable environment, thus balancing the three pillars of sustainable development (social, economic, environmental), which may not be achieved in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which comes to an end in 2015.According to an Executive Mansion release, the exercise is a two-day event that starts with the launch today at the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be followed by presentations and panel discussions on May 27.Those clothed with the responsibility to draft CAP was set up during the African Union’s 2013 Summit and is chaired by President Sirleaf.CAP builds a consensus on Africa’s post-2015 development agenda and identifies areas of priority to Africa.  It was adopted on January 32, 2014 and launched in N’djamena, Chad in March.Members of the Cabinet, Legislature, Judiciary, the Diplomatic Corps, Heads of National Institutions and Autonomous Agencies are expected to be at the launch. The exercise is aimed at acquainting Liberians with CAP and enlightening policymakers and stakeholders on Africa’s development priorities.The launch is expected to take place at the Bella Casa Hotel, follow by presentation and discussion with members of the private sector, civil society, academia, the media, and other stakeholders to encourage their involvement and support to events concerning the CAP.“This position is what African nations will take to the negotiations at the UN, in the hope of securing a deal that delivers for people across our continent,” the Liberian leader said.She said the main objective of the continental and regional consultations was to produce a demand-driven agenda from multiple stakeholders in Africa.“In this regard, the process entails working with various partnering institutions in inclusive events through which the viewpoints of a wide range of African stakeholders including government, regional economic entities, civil society, non-governmental organizations, academia, youth, women, think-tanks, and the private sector are captured.”Meanwhile, the HLC comprises 10 Heads of State and Government from the five regions of Africa, and it had held several consultative and technical meetings to look at the list of priorities developed by institutions around the continent to reach a consensus on the development framework that should succeed the Millennium Development Goals in September 2015.CAP is built on six pillars including Structural Economic Transformation and Inclusive Growth, Science Technology and Innovation (STI), People-centered Development; Environmental Sustainability, Natural Resources and Natural Disaster Management and Peace and Security, and Financing Partnership for Implementation of Post-2015 Development Agenda.In the next phase of its work, the HLC will begin negotiations with other regions of the world as well as development partners to ensure that Africa’s vision is included in the United Nations Post-2015 Global Development Agenda.However, the biggest unanswered question now is how will the ambition of CAP communicate effectively to other UN member states? Emphasizing ambition would most likely inject interest in the CAP; energize post-2015 debates thus making it an obvious contribution to the forthcoming negotiations with other UN Member States.It will also be great to see African governments in their preparations towards negotiations acknowledge the gaps that exist between ethnic groups, religious groups, language groups and rural-urban groups which are a significant barrier to further development, progress and the realization of human rights across Africa.A priority of African governments through the UN negotiation should be ensuring universal and equitable access to quality healthcare without financial hardship to individuals and families.It is known that the financial costs of healthcare can be a deterrent to families, keeping them in or pushing them back into poverty and now is the time to address this issue and secure free healthcare at the point of need. Hope African leaders become very proactive in alleviating abject poverty, illiteracy, all of which are as a result of bad governance, on the continent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

5th man charged in Corentyne trio’s murder case

first_imgCatchew Chaitram, 63, was on Monday charged with being an accessory after the fact in the murder of Pawan Chandradeo, Jaikarran Chandradeo and Narish Rooplall at Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder, Corentyne.Catchew ChaitramThe man was brought before the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to face the charge which stated that between July 21 and 22 at Cookrite Savannah, Black Bush Polder, he received, conspired and provided assistance to the four murder accused.Chaitram was remanded to prison. He will make his next appearance in the Mibicuri Magistrate’s Court on October 18, 2016.The trio already facing charges for the triple murder are Carlton Chaitram, Jairam Chaitram and Tameshwar Jagmohan, all of Mibicuri South, Black Bush Polder.On Friday, July 23, 2016, the bodies of the Chandradeos and Rooplall, the elder Chandradeo’s brother-in-law, of Number 73 Village, Corentyne, were discovered lying next to each other on a dam at Cookrite Savannah with gunshot wounds.The discovery of the bodies was made shortly after daybreak by a rice farmer.last_img read more

New Era/Mohamed’s Enterprise 5th Annual Futsal tourney launched

first_imgThe fifth edition of the Mohamed’s Enterprise Futsal tournament, organised by New Era Entertainment, was launched on Friday at Mohamed’s Enterprise on Lombard Street, Georgetown. This year, even more support has been pumped into the event, since ExxonMobil has decided to come on board as one of the major sponsors of the tournament, traditionally hosted at the Mackenzie Hardcourt in Linden.Nazar Mohamed, CEO of Mohamed’s Enterprise, an astute supporter of local football, who has also been major sponsor of the Kashif and Shanghai Tournament that spanned over 25 years, has once again been quite pleased to assist the sponsorship of this event. In brief remarks, he told the media gathering that it was an honour for him to be part of the New Era family in presenting the event and contributing to football locally.The longstanding football supporter expressed hope that the tournament, like the World Cup, would be contested in high spirits. Before closing his remarks, he added that his company is always part of sport and culture, and will always be involved with events such as this one.Also present at the launch was the New Era Entertainment team, ANSA McAL representative Seweon McGarrell and the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) Rawle Adams.Adams, secretary of the Guyana Futsal Association, applauded the effort New Era has put into making it to the forefront of futsal, and said the GFF supports football in any format.Over $2 million in cash and prizes are up for grabs when the seven-day tournament kicks off from July 27, and culminates on August 18.Over twenty teams from Linden, Georgetown and the West Side have signalled their intention to compete for the grand prize of $600,000. Second place finishers will receive $250,000, while the third placed team will receive $100,000 and the fourth placed team, $75,000.last_img read more

Messi’s Argentina save World Cup hopes with last-gasp goal

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi leaps on Marcos Rojo’s shoulders in joy © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSSaint Petersburg, Russian Federation, Jun 26 – Argentina rescued their World Cup hopes in dramatic fashion on Tuesday as defender Marcos Rojo scored a stunning volley to snatch a late 2-1 win over Nigeria and set up a last-16 match against France.Lionel Messi set the two-time winners on their way with his first goal in Russia but Victor Moses equalised from the penalty spot and as time ticked away the increasingly ragged South Americans appeared to be heading home. But Rojo made a surprise appearance in the box to turn home a cross from Gabriel Mercado with a crisp side-footed volley in the 86th minute to send the Argentine fans in Saint Petersburg, including legendary 1986 World Cup winner Diego Maradona, into raptures.Argentina defender Marcos Rojo celebrates his winner in the World Cup match against Nigeria © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSA highly emotional Maradona rushed to the front of the VIP box where he was watching and gave a one-fingered salute with both hands and shouted an obscene insult.Maradona later fell unwell and a video emerged of him being helped by two people in his entourage into a chair. Photographs showed the 57-year-old being tended to by parademics, although Argentinian daily Ola reported he later went to his hotel.– Rojo’s VAR escape –Argentina’s escape came after Rojo came close to having a penalty awarded against for handball minutes earlier until he was saved by a controversial VAR review.“It is marvellous to have won it in this manner. It is a deserved joy,” Messi said in quotes on Argentina’s official Twitter account.“We knew God was with us and wasn’t going to let us go out.“I thank all the fans that are here, for all their sacrifice and to all those in Argentina that were always with us.” Argentina were held by Iceland in their tournament opener and then humiliated 3-0 by Croatia, putting the 2014 finalists on the brink of a first-round exit.Diego Maradona celebrated wildly when Argentina scored the winner and later needed to be treated by paramedics © AFP / OLGA MALTSEVATheir struggles came after their pre-tournament preparations were wracked by controversy and poor form, coupled with a reliance on an ageing, unbalanced squad.The Argentine federation was even forced to confirm that Jorge Sampaoli would continue for the final group game amid rumours of a rift between players and coach.At the drama played out, 1,500 kilometres (950 miles) away in Rostov-on-Don Croatia snuffed out the challenge of Iceland, scoring late through Ivan Perisic to seal a 2-1 win and complete a perfect group stage.Croatia will face Denmark in the first knockout round in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday but Nigeria and Euro 2016 surprise package Iceland will head home.Croatia took the lead thanks to a slick second-half volley by Milan Badelj. Gylfi Sigurdsson equalised from the penalty spot before Perisic struck late.Croatia were already through to the last 16 and coach Zlatko Dalic rested most of the side that thumped Argentina 3-0, with only captain Luka Modric and the winger Perisic keeping their places.“Our goal is achieved,” said man-of-the-match Badelj. “We are top of the group and we are ready to compete in the second round of the World Cup. Victor Moses’s penalty had Nigeria heading for the last 16 until Marcos Rojo’s late winner © AFP / Giuseppe CACACE“Now we can concentrate on preparations for the knockout stage. This is a big new win for Croatia. There is no special celebration, let’s go further, step by step through the tournament.”– France top group –Earlier, France and Denmark produced the first goalless match of the tournament in front of 78,000 spectators at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Didier Deschamps rested goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and midfielder Paul Pogba among six changes and his side struggled to create any clear-cut chances against a determined Denmark.Deschamps immediately switched his focus towards what he called the “second competition” after the uninspiring contest.“There’s a second competition that’s going to start, the last 16 is straight elimination,” said the coach, who must now prepare his players to face Messi and Argentina.“There’s a mountain in front of us now. But we’re there and we’re full of ambition to get to the next stage.”Australia will go back to the drawing board after they ended bottom of Group C with a solitary point following a 2-0 defeat to Peru, who are also heading home.Andre Carrillo and Paolo Guerrero, the veteran who was only cleared to play days before the tournament after having a ban for taking cocaine lifted, scored in Sochi.Tim Cahill, the 38-year-old Australian midfielder, came on as a substitute for his first appearance in his fourth World Cup but was unable to influence the outcome and the Socceroos will have to look to the future with talents such as 19-year-old Iranian-born Daniel Arzani.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chinese FA opens probe into Demba Ba racism controversy

first_imgVarious Chinese media reports said a furious Ba later claimed that Zhang had hurled racially insulting remarks at him.The Chinese Football Association (FA) said in a statement that it had launched an investigation and would hold hearings to determine whether any league conduct rules were violated.“If this is true, there will be stern punishment in accordance with the rules,” it said.“We oppose racist behaviour in any form.”The statement did not mention any particular players.Ba has not commented publicly on the affair but has retweeted anti-racism posts on his personal Twitter account.In a post-match press conference, Shenhua coach Wu Jingui had confirmed that “a Yatai player used insulting language toward” Ba.Following the match, Chinese social media exploded with calls for an investigation.If misconduct is proven, any guilty parties could indeed face tough sanctions from domestic football authorities who will want to nip any controversy in the bid.Chinese football is already under government scrutiny after splurging teams brought in a series of high-priced foreign players on transfer deals in recent years, prompting the government to impose tough spending curbs amid concerns over clubs’ solvency.Ba, a Senegalese international, had played for Shenhua in 2015-2016 before being sidelined by a broken leg.Brief spells with Turkish sides Besiktas and Goztepe followed before Ba returned to Shenhua in June during the summer transfer window.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Demba Ba in actionSHANGHAI, China, Aug 6- China’s football authority said Monday it was investigating reports that Senegalese striker Demba Ba was subjected to racial slurs by an opposing Chinese player during a weekend match, vowing “stern punishment” if the incident proved true.The African former Chelsea forward, now with Shanghai Shenhua, became embroiled in a heated confrontation with Changchun Yatai midfielder Zhang Li late in their 1-1 Chinese Super League draw on Saturday night after Ba collided with one of Zhang’s teammates.last_img read more